Ænglisc / Old English - Lesson XII - Grammar & Grammatical Cases VIII (The Subjunctive Mood):
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Ƿesaþ ġē hāl!
Now, we go over the second of the three OE Moods - The Subjunctive Mood!
Put simply, the Subjunctive Mood is a verb form which makes a hypothetical statement or question - opposed to the Indicative - which is for definite statements ("I am Luke" rather than "If I was Luke" is what I mean by definite statements!).
Example I: This is a comparative example, first showing a) the Indicative Mood, and then b) the Subjunctive.
(ModE) We say / we are saying
(OE) Ƿē secgaþ / Wē secgaþ
(ModE) We would say / We could say
(OE) Ƿē secgan / Wē secgan
Why is b) in the subjunctive? It is because it is not directly saying that we will say, but is implying that we could or would say. This is the Subjunctive Mood
Summary: The Subjunctive Mood are the hypothetical statement or questions. Not that we will do something, but that we could / should / would do something.
That is all for this lesson! For more information on the Subjunctive Mood, click here -](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM9ZbgeCSfE)